Manayunk mystery and other closings

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Tracking the comings and goings at Belvedere Restaurant Group is exhausting.

The partners - initially Rich Rivera and Rob Nydick - burst on the scene in 2009 in Manayunk with grand plans involving chefs Joe Scarpone (at Agiato) and Matt Levin (for a BBQ spot called Rubb). Those affiliations quickly soured. 

Agiato, a nifty little wine-and-small-plate spot, opened in late 2010 and expanded in mid-2012. It opened and closed a couple of times. Meanwhile its bread bakery, also Agiato, opened nearby, followed by the ambitious Main Street Market down the street. 

Belvedere went downtown in fall 2011 to take over Adsum at Fifth and Bainbridge Streets. That incarnation, Tapestry, did not last long.

In 2012, Belvedere secured a lease at 4311 Main St. to house Rubb. The onetime Bucks County Coffee storefront has been fully redecorated for a year, but it sits idle. 

At some point, Nydick no longer was involved in the partnership.

And at this point, none of Belvedere's holdings are open. Late last year, Main Street Market closed. Recently, Agiato also shut down again.

Rivera has not returned my messages.  

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Speaking of burger joints: The short-lived Benny's Burger Joint in Collingswood - formerly West Side Gravy and Blackbird Dining Establishment - has closed. Owner Alex Capasso is getting close with Crow & the Pitcher at 267 S 19th St.  Capasso says it will open in late February.

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